Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

He said 80 of the Saudi Arabian students enrolled for their fall semester are sponsored by their government, but said some of their 13 non-sponsored students have also been told to leave Canada.

Britain, another long-time Canadian military ally, was somewhat circumspect on Tuesday, urging restraint in the Saudi-Canada row and saying Britain has privately raised concerns with Riyadh about the "recent arrests of human rights defenders".

Riyadh shot back, lashing out at what it described as "a blatant interference in the Kingdom's domestic affairs, against basic worldwide norms and all global protocols".

She noted most of the Saudi students are not here short-term. He has launched a campaign of social and economic change but has not eased the absolute monarchy's total ban on political activism.

Ms Badawi was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012 and is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that Canada would not be cowed by Saudi actions.

In Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Saudi government has briefed 105 foreign ambassador in the country on its position in the dispute. On the one hand, the Saudi leadership has become "insecure" and "paranoid", he told DW, but it is also possible that the "Saudis have had enough of Western criticism".

One well placed source said the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - which has stressed the importance of human rights - planned to reach out to the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi foreign ministry has also launched special operations room to follow up with Saudi students in Canada following measures to transfer them from the country's universities.

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The college said it hasn't received any official word yet that Saudi students won't be attending. He has ambitions to diversify the economy from oil exports and ease some social restrictions.

"It's not just a size of a market", Cereals Canada's Cam Dahl said in an interview with iPolitics.

"Canada will continue to advocate for human rights and for the courageous women and men who push for these fundamental rights around the world", she said in a statement.

The true impact of Saudi Arabia's flexing of diplomatic muscle is still unclear.

"I am not going to get into this", Ms. Nauert said. Saudi Arabia has invested about $6 billion Canadian businesses since 2006, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Saudi Arabia first responded by kicking out the Canadian ambassador, recalling its own ambassador home from Canada and freezing new trade deals.

"Particularly in smaller and rural institutions where many of our Canadian students don't necessarily have the opportunities of living in a large urban centre where they would be exposed to many different types of cultural experiences, it's even more important for us that we bring that kind of diversity to our campus", Weeks said.

Top Photo | The Maple Leaf flag is seen in a display case in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

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